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FOOD AND DRINK

Tapas Rias offers inviting appetizers in Middleton

Tapas Rias, which focuses on traditional Spanish tapas, can easily seduce with its menu, and its calm, contemporary interior is a lovely, yet casual, welcoming space. It's not at all like the overheated, stereotypical image of a flamenco dancer emblazoned on the cover of the menu. It's certainly classier than what you'd expect to find in an aging Middleton shopping center. >More
 An assertive recipe for buffalo mac 'n' cheese

Recipes are antithetical to how I cook. I measure with hollowed palms and pinched fingers and scorched taste buds. This is where the magic in cooking lies -- in all those heated moments over the stove in which dashes of this and that make something taste just right, or a little extra wine is added for good measure. >More
 Dane County Farmers' Market: Blue Skies Berry Farm

Perhaps best known for its pick-your-own raspberry patch, the Blue Skies Berry Farm has also been a vendor at the Dane County Farmers' Market for 17 years. Its booth on East Main Street is brimming with a vast and changing spectrum of bright, fresh fruits and vegetables, including cooking greens, baby carrots, beets, sweet onions, French beans, edible flowers, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, and of course, raspberries. >More
 Madame Fromage: Halloumi makes for a heavenly burger

I stepped off the blue cheese path this week to wander into the realm of grillable cheese. That's right, cheese you slap right on the barby. I first tried Halloumi earlier this month at London's Borough Market, where a group of dreadlocked dreamers were grilling up Heavenly Halloumi Burgers. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Local Night Out, DiverCity Picnic, and Greekfest 2009

The coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 New Scandinavian menu pickles and tickles at Restaurant Magnus

The only really surprising thing about Restaurant Magnus' recent conversion from a pan-Latin to Scandinavian menu is the surprised local reaction, and the fact that someone hasn't hauled out the pickled herring sooner. >More
 Mad Dog's on Henry Street is back in business

Steve Nelson, for the last five years food director at Madison's Bethel Lutheran, has taken over the stand and opened it early this week, although he hasn't been publicizing the "soft" open in order to get the operation well on its feet. The grand opening is slated for July 20. >More
 Dane County Farmers' Market: Kopke's Fruit of the Bloom

The small village of greenhouses that makes up Kopke's Fruit of the Bloom is located in the town of Dunn less than a dozen miles south of the Capitol, a relatively short distance for vendors at the Dane County Farmers' Market. Operated by Gordon Kopke for nearly thirty years, the greenhouse offers a colorful and aromatic array of bedding plants and hanging baskets, along with herbs, nursery stock, and vegetables. >More
 Bees in the hood: Urban apiarists colonize Madison

About 15 years ago, Erich Schmidtke's father broached the idea of keeping honeybees outside Sturgeon Bay, on a farm adjacent to cherry orchards. The younger Schmidtke's response: Why not? >More
 Haute dogs

Trend watchers, take note. Former food darling bacon is out (or at least on the decline). The hot dog is on the rise. Not your average Oscar Mayer wiener -- sorry, Kraft Foods. Think of them as enhanced tube steaks, superpooches, haute dogs. >More
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